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Blake Morgan LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3DJ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7405 2000
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www.blakemorgan.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Blake Morgan LLP

Although Blake Morgan LLP is particularly well-known for its outsourcing (especially BPOs) and partnering arrangements, it is also highly regarded for other matters, such as supply, distribution and agency agreements, services agreements and consumer contracts, among others. In 2017, Lawrence Phillips and team head Simon Stokes assisted IT services provider Virtual Clarity with securing an investment from CSC. Ian Skuse has notable experience of advising clients in the travel sector on various commercial agreements.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Blake Morgan LLP

With two partners based in London and also aided by practitioners across the firm's Southampton and Wales offices, Blake Morgan LLP provides a 'strong service' across retail and consumer matters, both from an advisory and contentious perspective.  Richard Humphreys acts for banks and asset finance companies across a wide range of regulations affecting their businesses and has been particularly active of late advising on the Senior Managers' regime. Formerly at the FSA, Felicity Rowan has an excellent understanding of the practical implications of the regulations impacting the retail banking and funds industries, in particular, and is active across both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Next generation lawyers

Felicity Rowan - Blake Morgan LLP

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Martin Kay leads the practice at Blake Morgan LLP, which specialises in the technology, travel, retail, leisure and real estate sectors, particularly acting for high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses. Highlights for the team included Kay advising the founders of driver training firm TTC Group on the management buyout of the company; Lawrence Phillips acting for Virtual Clarity on Computer Sciences Corporation’s £10m equity investment in the company; and Stojan Essex assisting Fonehouse and Fonehouse Group with the sale of their franchise and online business. Senior associate Michelle Davenport is also noted. Robert Lyons moved to Taylor Vinters.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's particular dispute specialisms include finance, technology, IP, leisure and hospitality, gaming disputes, and civil fraud. It represented Marz against Bank of Scotland for mis-selling unsuitable interest rate hedging swap derivative products. Sarah Rees is team head and Justin Weare is also highly regarded.

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 4

David Miles - Blake Morgan LLP

At Blake Morgan LLP, David Miles' mediation practice encompasses construction, professional negligence, commercial law and partnership; he also mediates IT, IP, and procurement-related matters.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is best known for acting for regulators, particularly in the fields of healthcare, legal, education, accountancy, engineering, architecture and surveying. Eastleigh-based Bradley Albuery heads the regulatory practice group and has over 15 years' experience in professional disciplinary work; Albuery led advice to a healthcare regulator investigating a case in which a registrant was charged and acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter; this was believed to be the first time in this regulator's history that it had to consider the fitness to practise of a registrant whose alleged omissions were said to have contributed to the death of a patient. The practice also acted for Social Care Wales in investigating and presenting a case against a social worker, which included allegations of historical sexual abuse and failing to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with clients. Nick Leale is the London professional regulatory head; Leale 'delivers extensive knowledge in a thoughtful, measured manner that non-legal people can understand - he also fully considers the human factors played out within regulatory frameworks and reflects those considerations when advising those undertaking investigations'. The senior associates to note are Guy Micklewright, whose 'knowledge of case law is second to none and who provides robust representation at disciplinary hearings', along with Antonia Dowgray, Christopher Pataky, James Danks, Cassandra Scarbrough and Antonia Dowgray.

Leading individuals

Nick Leale  - Blake Morgan LLP

Next generation lawyers

Antonia Dowgray - Blake Morgan LLP

Guy Micklewright - Blake Morgan LLP

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

The team at Blake Morgan LLP¬†operates across offices in Southampton, Oxford, Portsmouth, London, Reading and Cardiff and is headed by¬†Ben Brice¬† (a legal director) from Bircham Dyson Bell. The group provides a full range of legal services to charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises. Areas of expertise include advising charities that are governed by an Act of Parliament as well as advising international charities that are working in dysfunctional and dangerous political regimes and disaster areas. The team continues to advise Sailors‚Äô Society on various matters such as governance arrangements/amendments to the charity‚Äôs constitution and on charity fundraising ‚Äď this includes assisting with negotiations for sponsorship support agreements. Catch 22 Charity Limited, Pilgrims Friend Society, Oxfam and Wessex Children‚Äôs Hospice Trust are other major clients.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's team is headed by¬†Mark Spash¬† who has a ‚Äėsound knowledge of the legal issues and is also able to think out of the box in order to find pragmatic solutions‚Äô. Spash has a particular focus on family office work for domestic and international HNWIs. Arshoo Singh¬† joined the team from Russell-Cooke LLP. The team is adept at advising on complex lifetime and estate planning issues often with an international element. It is also skilled at advising on the administration of estates with complex and cross-border components including advising on disputes between beneficiaries, conflicts of laws relating to the assets and other trust matters.

Next generation lawyers

Arshoo Singh - Blake Morgan LLP

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

The substantial, multi-disciplinary team at¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†is highlighted for providing 'excellent service'.¬†Matthew Smith, who¬†is especially adept in all aspects of non-contentious and contentious employment matters and has chaired a number of disciplinary and appeal hearings for universities, heads the practice.¬†It acts for a range of higher education clients as well as having links with education bodies such as the Association of University Legal Practitioners and the Sixth Form Colleges' Association. The team is acting for Swansea University and the trustees of the university pension scheme in relation to a case that is examining the meaning of ‚Äėunfavourable treatment‚Äô under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 ‚Äď an action¬† brought by a former employee. Emyr Lewis¬†advises on a wide range of commercial matters and Richard Wade¬†is advising Keble College, Oxford on a construction project that will extend the college‚Äôs campus. Other key partners include¬†Susie Dryden;¬†Rachel Gwilliam,¬†who advises on areas such as construction and engineering; and Penri Desscan,¬†who specialises in procurement and other commercial matters.

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's multi-disciplinary team, which is made up of litigators and corporate, real estate and employment specialists among others, provides 'an excellent service'. Matthew Smith, who is the head of the education sector practice, assisted Hereford Sixth Form College with its conversion to academy status, which included preparing a funding agreement with the Department for Education, and advising on due diligence issues, revised governance arrangements and asset transfers. Tim Forer led a substantial team that handled a large-scale title review and academy conversion project for a schools trust. In other work, the team advised the National College for Teaching and Leadership with disciplinary actions taken against a number of teachers in connection with the so-called Trojan horse letter, which alleged a strategy by some individuals to take over and run schools on strict religious principles. Penny Rinta-Suksi and Ruth Leadbitter are other names to note.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP ’s practice combines strong expertise in corporate and commercial transactions with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector, acting for regulatory organisations, NHS Trusts, private healthcare and medical equipment providers. Bruce Potter leads the team and is highly experienced in public procurement projects and healthcare re-organisation. Stephen Tainsh leads the new medical technology group and advises global medical technology companies on new models of supplying equipment and software services to the NHS. Recent highlights includes advising Getinge UK  on an innovative transaction with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Allan Wilson’s expertise includes acting for NHS Trusts, CCGs and private sector clients on contentious disputes arising under the public procurement regime and in judicial review proceedings. Alison Patten-Hall advises clients on all aspects of commercial trading contracts and outsourcing projects.

Leading individuals

Stephen Tainsh - Blake Morgan LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Blake Morgan LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

The team at Blake Morgan LLP¬†is ‚Äėresponsive, proactive and extremely capable‚Äô of handling complex lease agreements, development projects and property acquisitions and disposals. The team strengthened a number of sub-groups with the hires of Prashant Dave, senior solicitor Sophie Shaladi, Meera Jansen¬†and legal director Navpreet Atwal. Dave, who joined from Hilmi + Partners LLP, specialises in the restaurant sector and has handled lease arrangements for well-known operators; Shaladi is ‚Äėan extremely professional adviser‚Äô, who has a broad landlord, tenant and development practice; Jansen joined from¬†Brecher LLP¬†and has expertise in real estate finance; and Atwal has experience with development projects and formerly practiced at Dechert LLP. Senior associate Matthew Bell¬†and department head Tony Coyne¬†are key contacts for complex letting deals and lease acquisitions. In the development space, Stephen Solomons¬†acted for Knightsbridge Capital in relation to the construction of 24 residential units in Wapping. Further, Kate Silverman¬†advised One Housing Group on the acquisition of an affordable housing site at an Enfield regeneration site. Jeremy Taylor¬†is recommended for site acquisitions and disposals and portfolio management work.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

The ‚Äėvery experienced and knowledgeable‚Äô planning team at Blake Morgan LLP¬†is active in¬†urban and rural residential led or mixed-use development schemes, and the Central London prime and super-prime property market. The team also counts investments banks such as Metro Bank and Investec and HSBC as clients. Head of team Sara Hanrahan¬†specialises in large infrastructure and regeneration projects within England and Wales, acting for a wide range of housing associations, private developers and local authorities. Hanrahan acted for Renewal in relation to the ¬£1bn regeneration of the 30-acre New Bermondsey site. She has also been advising the Welsh government in relation to the ¬£10bn Wylfa Newydd power station in Anglesey promoted by Horizon. Alexis Adonis¬†is also recommended.¬†Adrian Noviss¬†joined as a senior solicitor from the South London Legal Partnership for the London Boroughs of Richmond, Merton, Kingston and Sutton in early 2017. Sophie Flax¬†departed in January 2018 to join Southern Water's in-house planning team.

Next generation lawyers

Keith Lancaster - Blake Morgan LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Blake Morgan LLP

Tony Coyne heads the team at Blake Morgan LLP, which 'provides good consistent advice' and 'shows the necessary commerciality and business acumen'; it was bolstered recently by a number of significant arrivals, including legal director Navpreet Atwal, senior solicitor Sophie Shaladi and Meera Jansen, who joined from Brecher LLP. Property, construction and development finance are key areas of focus, and the team also has specialist expertise in Islamic finance. Banking clients include Santander and Coutts; legal director Maria Watmough acted for the former on the provision of £29.5m secured term and revolving facilities to a further education college, and Malcolm Pearson advised the latter on the £15m refinancing of a care home group. On the borrower side, senior associate Euan Mitchell acted for Ashbury and Bloom on the acquisition of Boat Race House in Mortlake, with plans to convert it into residential units. Jeremy Taylor, Mark Hiley, Stephen Solomons and Steve Cole are also noted.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP¬†has ‚Äėlots of experience and some great lawyers in the team‚Äô. Advice is ‚Äėalways very concise and to the point‚Äô and the team is praised for its ‚Äėexceptional response times‚Äô and ‚Äėrobust defence of their clients‚Äô. The group has been instructed in relation to a London development site where an attempt was made to fraudulently transfer ownership. The firm is typically instructed by investors and developers, landlords and tenants, retailers, high net-worth individuals and hotels. Notable clients include Tops Pizza, Meadow Partners and Dorrington. Erina Kourtis¬†has joined the team from Taylor Wessing LLP¬†while the ‚Äėcalm, knowledgeable and responsive‚Äô Daniel Kidd¬†heads the practice. Partners Claire Lamkin¬†and David Wadsworth¬†are singled out for praise by clients. Lamkin always ‚Äėpushes to get the best commercial outcome‚Äô and Wadsworth is ‚Äėvery robust in his approach‚Äô and ‚Äėa real pleasure to work with‚Äô.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP  is led by Sheilah Mackie  who specialises in non contentious matters such as regulatory requirements, network agreements and advising on the franchising aspects of M&A deals. She is supported by Jill Bainbridge , who focuses on franchising disputes and is an experienced mediator.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Blake Morgan LLP

Highlighted by a client as being 'excellent in every respect', the information technology team at Blake Morgan LLP handles transactional and contentious matters, with particular experience in the retail and eCommerce sectors. The group was recently acted for Virtual Clarity on its investment agreement from CSC. The 'knowledgeable' Simon Stokes heads up the practice which includes the addition of legal director Chris Williams</span, who handles commercial litigation, from .

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Blake Morgan LLP

Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP¬†is active across a range of commercial, corporate finance, regulatory and advisory work for airline, travel management companies, leisure and tour operators, destination management companies and travel agents. It advises Air France‚ÄďKLM on a range of work including flight delay liability, commercial matters and regulatory compliance. Globalstar Travel Management, Altour International, Healthy Holidays, Ickenham Travel Group and Omega World Travel are also clients. Ian Skuse¬†leads on commercial and regulatory work.¬† Elsewhere, the firm also has a ‚Äėgreat deal of experience in dealing with travel law claims‚Äô and handles catastrophic injury matters for claimants, defendants and insurers. Southampton-based team head Daniel Scognamiglio ¬†is an ‚Äėexpert‚Äô; he is recommended alongside senior associate Eleanor Armstrong¬†and associate Lauren Haas, who has an ‚Äėencyclopaedic knowledge of all matters travel law‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Daniel Scognamiglio - Blake Morgan LLP

Ian Skuse - Blake Morgan LLP

Next generation lawyers

Eleanor Armstrong - Blake Morgan LLP

Lauren Haas - Blake Morgan LLP

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